South Africa and Cuba consolidate cooperation in Education

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Pretoria, 30 Oct.- South Africa and Cuba analyzed in Pretoria actions to continue expanding and strengthening bilateral cooperation in Education, official sources reported.

The issue was discussed during a meeting headed by the Minister of Basic Education of South Africa, Angie Motshekga, and the Cuban Ambassador, Rodolfo Benítez.

An official communiqué stated that Benítez confirmed the willingness of the Cuban Ministry of Education to assist its South African counterpart in the effective insertion of the fourth industrial revolution in school systems and in education for pre-school children.

In both specialties the Caribbean nation has obtained important achievements and recognition by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Ambassador Benítez thanked the South African authorities and people for the favorable reception they have given to the 20 Cuban teachers of mathematics, physics and chemistry who currently serve in three provinces of this nation with excellent results.

According to the report, both parties also followed up on preparations for the visit to South Africa, in early 2020, of a Cuban delegation headed by the First Deputy Minister of Education, Cira Piñeiro Alonso.

During the announced visit, South Africa and Cuba will review the implementation of the bilateral cooperation agreement in the field of basic education, and the expansion of that collaboration to new areas of interest.

Benítez updated Minister Motshekga about the impact of the unilateral and illegal blockade imposed by the U.S. government against the Caribbean nation, as well as the achievements and favorable results of the Cuban educational system, despite having very limited resources due to the difficult situation imposed by Washington’s hostile policy.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of South Africa’s National Department of Education, while Ambassador Benítez was accompanied by Minister Counselor Rebeca Hernández, Economic Counselor Pedro Arteaga, and Professor Yadileydi Hernández-Collot, coordinator of Cuba’s Educational Cooperation Brigade in this southern African state.

(With information from PL in Spanish)

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